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Today, nearly 800,000 youth immigrants in the U.S. are DREAMers. These folks are people you collaborate with at work, learn alongside in school and shop with at the grocery store.

The DREAM Act is a legislative solution for a pathway to U.S. citizenship and has been introduced every year since 2001 with bipartisan support, but still has yet to pass Congress.

Let’s be clear: undocumented people cannot afford to wait until the DREAM Act becomes federal law. That’s why, until DREAMing is a reality for all undocumented folks, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is the next best legal option.

DACA is an Obama-era executive order and immigration policy enacted in 2012, and allows undocumented immigrant youth to apply for U.S. work permits, a driver’s license and even enroll in Social Security.

While DACA is not a path to citizenship, it is the clearest path to opportunity in the U.S.

On this fifth anniversary of DACA, we cannot stand silently by as discriminatory and racist immigration policies are underway to deport millions of hardworking DREAMers and DACA recipients — the majority of whom are women, and part of the Planned Parenthood community as staff, patients and volunteers.

Now more than ever, we must fight to protect and support immigrant communities so they can safely seek services without fear or hesitation. Planned Parenthood health centers are proud to provide high-quality care to everyone, no matter what – no matter who they are, where they live, or where they are from.

DREAMers are #HeretoStay.

Here’s how you can show your support:

  1. Call your elected officials and ask them to support DREAMers: 1-888-542-8298

  2. Sign & Promote Petitions
    Search your state and sign local petitions to Protect DACA here
    National petition encouraging Governors to publicly support DACA

  3. Speak out on social media using hashtags #HeretoStay #DefendDACA #DreamAct

We need policies that bring communities together, not divide us. We stand with immigrants and refugees. #DreamAct #SaveDACA #SaveTPS

#Immigrants, #DACA recipients & refugees are a vital part of Planned Parenthood—they’re our patients, volunteers, activists, supporters, & staff

A new #DREAMact & #AmericanHopeAct were introduced to protect DREAMers. We will fight for all immigrants. #DefendDACA https://unitedwedre.am/2gN3Ez4

Tags: Immigration, DREAMAct, DACA, Immigrants